CAT-1/CAT-M Chipset Offers Smooth Transition to Next Phase of IoT Connectivity

HOD HASHARON, Israel --- Altair Semiconductor announces samples of its new dual-mode FourGee-1210 CAT-1/CAT-M chipset will be available later this year, enabling a smooth transition to the next standard of Cellular IoT networks.

While CAT-1 chipsets have been deployed around the world for a wide range of IoT applications, carriers and vendors alike have been pursuing the emerging CAT-M (CAT-M1) and NB-IoT (CAT-NB1) standards that offer extended coverage and battery life capabilities, as the ultimate core technology for cellular IoT. However, there will be a lengthy transition period until there exists sufficient coverage and standards maturity to enable complete conversion to CAT-M and NB-IoT. Until the ecosystem is ready to fully adopt these standards, a CAT-1 fallback will be required. This is what the FourGee-1210 provides.

Key features and benefits of the new FourGee-1210 chipset include:
•Hardware/software compatible with Altair CAT-1 FourGee-1160, enabling the seamless reuse of existing customer modules to add CAT-M functionality
•Dual mode CAT-1/CAT-M with seamless switchover
•Support for CAT-M extended coverage enhancements
•Single Rx, optimized to reduce CAT-M module BOM cost
•Ultra-low power consumption, leveraging Altair's market-leading power reduction architecture
•Software Defined Radio (SDR), enabling over-the-air firmware upgrades (FOTA) to accommodate CAT-M feature evolution

The FourGee-1210 chipset will reach the market by the end of 2016, coinciding with the projected launch of the first CAT-M networks.

For more information, visit http://www.altair-semi.com
 

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